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Leffot just dropped another great make-up. Love the antique edge-trim, and the double waterlock soles are a great addition.

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post #19202 of 122416
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Originally Posted by applky View Post

Shell colors vary based on individual hide coloration. The cigar we've seen recently has been darker than the cigar coming out of Horween/Alden from even a year ago.
Two statements of fact; however, if you are implying the latter because of the former, I think you are mistaken.

Darker dyes make hide coloration less noticeable. A uniform hide is desirable for producing natural and lighter shades of shell.

It's been acknowledged that the lighter shell colours (whiskey, ravello, cigar) from Alden as of late have been shades darker than what they were producing several years ago. Speculation is that they are having difficulty sourcing quality hides to produce the lighter shades and are compensating by using darker dyes.
post #19203 of 122416
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Any advice on cleaning up the stitching?

1) The stitching blends in over time
2) Don't try to hide it intentionally. The stitching aspect on Indy boots tends to get a lot of compliments
post #19204 of 122416
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Originally Posted by PeterParker View Post

Two statements of fact; however, if you are implying the latter because of the former, I think you are mistaken.
Darker dyes make hide coloration less noticeable. A uniform hide is desirable for producing natural and lighter shades of shell.
It's been acknowledged that the lighter shell colours (whiskey, ravello, cigar) from Alden as of late have been shades darker than what they were producing several years ago. Speculation is that they are having difficulty sourcing quality hides to produce the lighter shades and are compensating by using darker dyes.

Cigar has gotten darker and better (the old cigar had a greenish hue which was unattractive IMO); Whiskey seems to fluctuate (the Epaulet whiskey longwings from earlier this year were very light). Ravello seems pretty constant to me
post #19205 of 122416
speaking of cigar...

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post #19206 of 122416
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Originally Posted by AlanC View Post

Thrifted these yesterday, Alden Cape Cod Collection, Mocc Oxford in Mahogony. Below is with new laces and creme and polish. There are a couple of loose stitches that need to be addressed.
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Excellent pickup. I've owned these for six or seven years now and even had them refurbished once. First pair of Aldens, actually. It's a very solid shoe, though far from Alden's most spectacular model I suppose. I think you'll get a lot of comfortable wear out of them. I've been cleaning mine and treating them with Montana pitch blend recently. Darkens the leather just a little, but keeps them looking good in my opinion. I'll try to post next time I clean them up. Enjoy.
post #19207 of 122416
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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post

Leffot just dropped another great make-up. Love the antique edge-trim, and the double waterlock soles are a great addition.
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Agreed. Hoping they don't have 10.5E, which I imagine they won't. If they do, I'll have to get them.
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Yes, if we have a shipment of less than usual quality leather we soak our gun holsters in oils longer, antique it, or dye it black. The company could just have changed their ingredients when they tanned the leather. Many supplier are going out of business so they may have new suppliers.
Maybe their supplier upped the price of their usual chemicals so they had to go with something cheaper so as not to pass on the cost to retailers.
post #19209 of 122416
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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post

Leffot just dropped another great make-up. Love the antique edge-trim, and the double waterlock soles are a great addition.
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That is a beautiful shoe. I am hoping they might have a 6D. I still have not purchased my Christmas present, so these would look great wrapped under my tree and then on my feet.
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Originally Posted by johnnyrich7 View Post

Leffot just dropped another great make-up. Love the antique edge-trim, and the double waterlock soles are a great addition.
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I was never a fan of color 8 shell footwear. I think the contrast antique soles have changed my perception a bit. The recent color 8 shell runs from epaulet, unionmade, and now leffot all look really good.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Cigar has gotten darker and better (the old cigar had a greenish hue which was unattractive IMO); Whiskey seems to fluctuate (the Epaulet whiskey longwings from earlier this year were very light). Ravello seems pretty constant to me

My #8 chukka's that I have had for less than a year are dark as well. I don't have any others to compare with them but based upon the many pictures that I have seen, they are darker than what I had expected.
post #19212 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Akeem View Post

I was never a fan of color 8 shell footwear. I think the contrast antique soles have changed my perception a bit. The recent color 8 shell runs from epaulet, unionmade, and now leffot all look really good.


The lighter and antiqued edgetrim for #8 footwear is crucial. The only makeups where I like the darker edgetrim is if you're going for a very dressy shoe.

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Thanks, I thought it was some long technical process break in process going by his thoroughness of Mac's articles on his blog on changing the sole trim and caring for the cordovan. Thanks...
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I saw the longwings at Leffot a few weeks ago, honestly I was surprised by the black longwing, it looks great.
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

I saw the longwings at Leffot a few weeks ago, honestly I was surprised by the black longwing, it looks great.

Ya, at closer inspection the black longwings appear to have a regular welt, rather than the "reverse" goodyear welt that just about all the other longwings have. Makes them look a little sleeker. And the red lining was a nice addition as well, although, only the wearer really gets to appreciate knowing it's in there, haha.



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